After years of living and travel here we have finally come with our best of Australia vacation spots for families.
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Starting in the Tropical North of Queensland and working our way down to the wilderness of the island state of Tasmania in the very south here is our ever evolving take on what spots and locations make for a classic Aussie holiday away with the kids.
Queensland is where Australian nature and sun seeking families first look. The variety of vacations offered are immense but generally centered around one of the thousands of beaches that fringe the coastline.
Far North Queensland is unique world renowned ECO tourism hotspot in more ways than one. Where else can you travel the border between World Heritage listed attraction of the Great Barrier reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest.
See our top 10 family travel attractions for Cairns and the far north. The laid back atmosphere of the location deep in the warm tropics seems a world away from the rat race of other areas while maintaining a rich diversity and wealth of activities and tours.
Stretching for thousands of kilometers of the Queensland coast the diverse coastal and marine habitat includes more than 900 islands and coral cays, and beautiful pristine beaches. Many of the Great Barrier Reef Islands make for excellent location to enjoy the reef, year round warm climate and the natural environment. See a full list of the Queensland Islands here.
Also in the north of Queensland is the amazing Whitsunday Islands with scores of islands with easy access to the reef and a variety of accommodation options.
The Great Barrier Reef
Further down the coast beyond the reef starts the sandy region with it's magnificent surf and swimming beaches. It's worth noting that while the reef offers pristine waters and squeaky white sands the coastal waters don't become clear again until you get south of the reef.
Fraser Island is world heritage and the worlds biggest sand island that signals the begging of one of the most sought after family vacation areas in Australia with great beaches as the main attraction.
Sunshine Coast Holidays are another natural, calm option set in beautiful beach locations in comparison to the more lively Gold Coast.
The Gold Coast is the classic Aussie beach vacation location, with miles and miles of surf and protected beaches for families, and great theme parks as well like Wet and Wild, Sea World, Movie World and Dreamworld.
Great for families also is camping in the hinterland at places like Natural Arch and Lamington. See our full review of Gold Coast Family Vacation Ideas.
The hippie / trendy town of Byron Bay typifies the laid back surf nature of Northern NSW beach communities. While not far by distance to the Gold Coast these towns along the coast are great for making family holiday memories.
Byron these days is a lot busier in school holidays and I think it is safe to say best to avoid in these times while many other towns like Coffs Harbour (city), Evans Head, Yamba, The Tweed Coast and many other are almost perfect family vacation locations with lots of surf beaches, tourist park and other accommodation options in safe and quaint beach-side communities.
One of the best ways to get an idea of a state the size of NSW is to take a look at the official tourism trailer.
Experiences in NSW could range from a Sydney vacation to a beach or snow trip. NSW also marks the beginning of the Australia Alps and some of Australia's best Ski Resorts are located here and in Victoria. See more on New South Wales accommodation options.
The capital cities of Australia are in themselves great vacation spots to explore the culture of the nation. Each state in Australia has developed independently of each other because of the way the country was first colonized and it's size. And each state is also a doorway to a host of family adventures
A Perth city vacation offers access to the Margaret River wine region tall timbers and surf region and one of the prettiest locations. While Broome offers an opportunity for an outback family adventure. See more on Western Australia.
A Melbourne vacation gives access to Australia's cultural capital. Melbourne also has it's own ski fields only hours from the city and easy access to the famous Great Ocean Road with makes for an excellent family road trip. See more vacations in Victoria
Great Ocean Road - Family Ocean Adventure
Adelaide in South Australia is noted for it's nearby wine and food country and rolling hills. Kangaroo island is a top choice for a family friendly vacation.
The Northern Territory and the Crocodile Dundee Top End or the red Centre where Uluru is at the spiritual heart of the nation. See more on the Northern Territory.
Tasmania has a small population but this island state is big on attractions. Rustic and intriguing and home to some of the best food, beaches and natural settings anywhere in the world. See ore on Tasmanian Tourism & Accommodation options.